Saturday, December 29, 2012

Movin on Up !

As we continue to celebrate our One Year Blogiversary, I thought it'd be a great time to check in and see how life has changed for the BWOBNY crew since our store closed and we entered the next chapter of our lives.

Alan aka Basso for Hire continued to perform in a number of shows this year, including one opera, and tried to get more consistent his blogging. In addition to writing for BWOBNY, he writes for his personal blogHe is pleased that his click count has improved over the year.  He also works full time weekdays in Manhattan and spends his weekends working for Blue Buffalo where he chats with people about their dogs and cats.

Jess P. had quite the year,  she struggled with unemployment during the first few months but then in April the birth of her daughter Anastasia Zalene changed everything.  Despite being born 2 month early, Little Miss Ana blossomed and was home by Mother's Day.  From April to mid-November, Jess was a stay at home mom until finding a job.She is now a keyholder for Hallmark in the Poughkeepsie Galleria.  While she misses Borders, she has found great work environment and good people to work with. 

Rachel also made some exciting changes in her life, she began working at Barnes and Noble and was promoted to Children's Lead. This helped her realize her love of children and gave her a goal and a direction in life. She will be going back to school in January to study Early Childhood Education and she can't wait to get started!

Rebecca couldn't stay away from a bookstore for long either, so she now work part time at Barnes & Noble along with Rachel. In addition, she finished her MA in English and finally figured out what she want sto be when she grows up.   She started working towards a Masters in Library and Information Science this fall. As if that isn't enough, she also passes on her love for literature to freshman students as an adjunct professor of English.  She admits her life is full but it's full of what she loves so she is quite the content, if busy, woman.  

As for me, I continue to work at a law firm. I miss working at Borders a great deal but I've filled the void and the free time by working on my various passion projects such as this blog and screenwriting.  I'm currently filming a short film that I co-wrote with a good friend of mine.  Like Tracy Jordan, I dream of being an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) recipient!  When I'm not blogging, writing, filming or fantasizing about David Arquette, I use the rest of my creative energy as an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.   

While the closing of Borders was a sad day for all of us, we have persevered and from the looks of things we're all doing better than ever.  However, I'm confident that none of us would pass up the chance to get our store back. 

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